PCC Profile: Al Whitley – Scholarship Recipient

PCC Profile: Al Whitley – Scholarship Recipient


[MUSIC] I feel like everyone needs
somebody to support them. Somebody got their foot in their
back pushing them forward. Cuz most people think there’s no one for
them. But me, getting in this program and
people just taking a chance on me and helping me with the money situation or
whatever, it really helps. I used to get in trouble a lot,
just running my mouth, not being bad, just running my mouth,
didn’t wanna follow rules or whatever. But as I got older, I started
seeing the importance of education. But, I also got to high school and got non-interested again and
dropped out of high school. Age what? I think 17. I dropped out of highschool,
just lost all interest for education. It was 2013, I was living it was me and
my brother and his girlfriend. We was living together and he came
out here to get his GED or whatever. I wasn’t interested in that time either
but I ended up getting my GED from PITT. They actually took us on a tour from the
GED program over to the welding department to go on a tour there and
see what happens over there. We went over there, and that’s when
I decided maybe I want to weld. Something I’d like to do. I did the paperwork, signed up for it. And they told me I was approved. So that was a big help. It helped me get to where
I want to be in college, do what I want to do in college
without worrying about finances. All I had to do was do the work to
get through college and succeed. And that’s what I’ve done. It was hard because I came to school every
day, my last couple of semesters I was here from 8 to 5, then I was working
overnight 12 to 8 in the morning. It really is exhausting but
it’s also a mind thing. I didn’t think about it. I’d go home after school,
5, 6 o’clock, shower, eat. Go to sleep, I wake up 11 o’clock. I’m out the door my
11:20 on my way to work. Go to work, work all night and
I was I guess the best sweeper out there. So the quality control lab
needed help one night and I was like anytime you need
me you know where I’m at. I’m willing to work,
no matter what it is I’m willing to work. So he was telling me that he
had a position coming open, and if I was interested in it. I told him yes. He said when I post it, just apply for
the job, and we’ll review the application. I’ll interview you and
see if I can get you in here. That’s how it happened. I don’t think I’d be graduated right now,
cuz I would have been so much stress,
trying to go to school and work. I probably honestly would’ve
just dropped out of school and just worked,
not even worry about school no more. The money definitely helped me. It helped me to get to where I want
to be and where I’m at today in life. Now I have a child,
my son that’s 18 months years old. And I have another one on the way
that is due this March, so yeah. Him and his mom everything
I do is basically for them. So having another one come along
just is really a lot of pressure to get it all done. Just having kids, having a family,
and just everything. It pushed me to work harder, do what I
had to do to get to where I wanna be. So I was willing to sweep floors. I was willing to sweep floors and once I
swept the floor, I got another opportunity in the QC lab, so I was willing to do
that just to get where I wanted to get. You don’t wanna let people down. The people that are helping you,
you don’t wanna let them down. So it’s like that’s another foot in
your back helping you go forward and move forward in life and
through the programs. And whatever program you take at
whatever school you’re going to. Education is important. Education is everything, basically. You need education to get to
where you want to get in life and you can really be set in life and
not have to work as hard. I just want to thank everybody that
supported me during my college experience here at PCC. I want to thank you too. And I want to thank the people who gave
the money to the Visions program so I would have a chance to go to college. I’ll be the first one in my family to
graduate from college, any college, so that’s big for me. I’d done something and
I achieved it in my life and I wanna thank my family basically. [MUSIC]

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